Ms Pei Ting Tham1
1Freelance, Alexandra, Australia
PT will be celebrating her 10th year anniversary as an outdoor educator, with 7 of those years spent in Australia. Even though the outdoor industry is generally a positive and egalitarian one, she still encountered various challenges in her career as a non-white, foreign born, female. She will attempt to dissect some of these experiences through the lenses of race, culture, gender and intersectionality. PT hopes to share insights that will be relevant for both field operators and employers in order to navigate an Australia that is undergoing rapid social and demographic changes.
PT is a Chinese Malaysian who grew up in Kuala Lumpur. She came to Australia in 2009 to complete a Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation. She has since worked for various organisations in Australia, Hong Kong, USA and Malaysia. She also holds a Bachelor of Psychology. She has spent most of her time leading or coordinating programs, but she is most passionate about teaching and training new outdoor leaders.